New Faces on the Block: Emerging Immigrant Communities and How to Identify Them

Mylopoulos, Chryss
February 2004
Feliciter;2004, Vol. 50 Issue 1, p12
For libraries to respond to the needs of new immigrant communities and proactively plan budgets, allocate resources and prioritize multicultural services, libraries need to identify how communities are evolving. Since emerging communities take time to mature, get organized, have a presence and make their needs known to public institutions, considerable time may pass before the library starts responding to their needs. Three key kinds of information can help libraries gain insight into emerging immigrant groups in a community: demographic reports, immigration patterns and the landscape of factors that attract people to live in a particular community.


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